Yakimovich Programs and Sessions

Sessions offered in the Yakimovich Wellness Centre are virtual or in-person and free.

We hope these sessions:

  • Help you better navigate your health and aging journey;
  • Increase your knowledge, skills and access to resources in your community and within the health care system; 
  • Provide a variety of topics to help you Be Well, Be Secure, Be Connected, and Be Enriched

If you require any assistance with creating an account or registering with Learning Hub, please contact Liz McCarter at Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca.


Calendar of Upcoming Sessions

March 2022

Title: How to Stop your Bladder from Running your Life (Course #: 28141)
Date: Friday, March 11th, 2022T
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am 
Presenter: Jodi Ganton, BSCPT, Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Rehab
Location: Via Zoom (the zoom link will open 15 minutes before the start of the session – give participants time to connect via zoom)

Session Description:

Learn how pelvic floor function and lifestyle habits impact bladder health. Bladder leakage is not a normal part of aging – come to this session to learn how exercise and lifestyle modifications will help you to take control of your bladder.
 

Title: Introduction to Advance Care Planning
Dates: Thursday, March 17th, 2022 and Thursday, March 24th, 2022
Part 1 (March 17th); Part 2 (March 24th ) (Course #’s: Part 1: 24097; Part 2: 24098)
Note: please register for Part 1 and Part 2 separately as they are listed as two separate sessions – important to start with Part 1 first. 
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for both Part 1 and Part 2
Facilitators: Gabi Townsend and Liz McCarter                  
Location: Via Zoom

Session Description:

We plan for birthdays, weddings, and even dinner - so why don't we plan our health care? What health care decisions are made when you are no longer capable of making them yourself? Who acts as your Representative or Substitute Decision Maker? What are your values, wishes and beliefs? These are all questions that get addressed during your advance care planning process.

Although Advance Care Planning is often thought of as planning for the end of life, it is really about planning for life, up to and including death. It is a process of thinking about what is important to you. What are your beliefs, values and wishes for your care?
Advance care planning is also about sharing those wishes, especially with your substitute decision-maker (the person who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself) so that your family and friends know how you would like to be cared for in the future. But lots of resources have too much medical, and legal jargon it's hard to know where to start.

This two-part workshop, important to register for both part 1 and part 2 as both parts will help you tackle planning with confidence. You will finish having the tools and skills to start the conversation with your friends, loved ones, and health care providers. Each session is approximately 1.5 hours long, and will help participants get started working on their own plans, and having conversations with their loved ones.

Please Note:

  • Once you register, you will be sent a welcome package with instructions on forms and documents to print prior to the workshop.
  • If you are assisting a loved one, family member, or partner during the workshop, only the participant will need to register.
  • Each participant should register separately as well as use separate devices during the workshop.

Title: Cellular Senescence and it Role in Human Aging (Course#: 28144)
Date: Friday, March 18th, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau.
Location: In person, Yakimovich Wellness Centre

Session Description:

The accumulation of cells that no longer proliferate (senescence) in tissues has become a hallmark of aging and age-associated disorders. Learn about the implications of cellular senescence on healthy aging.

Title: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Conversation Game (Course #: 28147)
Date: Monday, March 21st, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitators: Victoria Hospice Education and Research Team
Location: Via Zoom

Session Description:

Conversations about death can be difficult to approach but we know that these discussions are important and necessary for clarifying values, wishes and goals about care and end of life care. There are a number of tools such as advance care planning which helps to achieve these goals, but often this planning is left until a person is ageing, or is diagnosed with a life limiting illness. To encourage de-stigmatizing these difficult conversations, Victoria Hospice has developed a series of conversation starters that you can use in you home with your family, friends and loved ones.

Anyone is welcome to register for this facilitated game featuring its very own Here Today, Gone Tomorrow cards. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow is a conversation game around living, dying, and what matters most.

Title: Food and Mood (Course#: 28142)
Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022
Time: 11:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Swati Scott, Dietician, Community Health Services, Island Health
Location: Via zoom

Session Description:

Do you ever wonder if what you eat impacts your mood? If yes, this session is for you - you will learn:

  • The connection food has with our brains
  • Foods that have an impact on our mood

Title: Getting your Affairs in Order (Course #: 28146)
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dustin Marnell, has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since 2008. Dustin volunteers his time at a number of organizations and frequently presents on the topics of: wills and estate planning, incapacity planning, and estate administration.
Location: either via zoom or in person at the Yakimovich Wellness Centre.

Session Description:

This 2 hour session will cover:
•    Wills and Estates
•    Representation Agreements
•    Power of Attorney
•    Incapacity planning
•    Acting as an executor

Title: Women’s Incontinence Support Group - 3rd Tuesday/month
Dates: Tuesday, March 15th, 2022; April 19th, 2022, May 17th, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Zoom link opens at 1:15 p.m.)
Facilitators: Donna Ross, Retired RN, who specialized in incontinence health and care and Liz McCarter (hosts) 
Contact: Liz McCarter, Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca

Session Description:

The women’s Incontinence support group is for any woman experiencing any kind of incontinence or urgency; share their experiences, listen to others, share resources and receive some education in a supportive environment. 


Past Sessions

January 2022

Course #27715 - YWC: Creating our own Circle of Care as Caregivers

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Via Zoom
Presenter: Lycia Rodrigues, MA (she/her), Caregiver Support Manager - Family Caregivers of British Columbia 

Session Description: In this engaging presentation, we shine a light on family and friend caregivers and  explore their unique experiences through times of great challenge and transition. Based on these  experiences, what needs can we identify? And what supports are available for them? During this  experiential presentation we reinforce the essential need to increase informal respite options for caregivers by mobilizing an informal circle of care with friends, neighbours and community supports. At Family Caregivers of BC, we understand the importance of relationships in our lives and the need for strong support networks.

Course # 24097 -YWC: Introduction to Advance Care Planning – Part 1
Course # 24098 - YWC: Introduction to Advance Care Planning – Part 2

Date: Thursdays, January 20 and January 27, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (both sessions)
Presenters: Gabi Townsend and Liz McCarter
Location: Via Zoom

Session Description: We plan for birthdays, weddings, and even dinner - so why don't we plan our health care? What health care decisions are made when you are no longer capable of making them yourself? Who acts as your Representative or Substitute Decision Maker? What are your values, wishes and beliefs? These are all questions that get addressed during your advance care planning process.

Although Advance Care Planning is often thought of as planning for the end of life, it is really about planning for life, up to and including death. It is a process of thinking about what is important to you. What are your beliefs, values and wishes for your care?

Advance care planning is also about sharing those wishes, especially with your substitute decision-maker  (the person who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself) so that your family and friends know how you would like to be cared for in the future. But lots of resources have too much medical, and legal jargon it's hard to know where to start.

This two-part workshop, important to register for both part one and part two as both parts will help you tackle planning with confidence. You will finish having the tools and skills to start the conversation with your friends, loved ones, and health care providers.

Each session is approximately 1.5 hours long, and will help participants get started working on their own  plans, and having conversations with their loved ones

Course # 27717 - YWC: Fear Ageism, Not Aging

Date: Friday, January 21, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Via Zoom
Presenter: Gabi Townsend, BC Community Response Networks (CRN) as Coordinator of the Victoria CRN, Gabi is a seasoned presenter on senior issues such has how to maintain a healthy brain, dementia and family caregivers and Advance Care Planning. 

Session Description: The concept of ageism is a puzzle with many pieces. If getting older is something we  all do everyday – and there are no exceptions – then why do we discriminate against older people – when one day every one of us will be the old ones! Join us to learn more about how you can help yourself, and your peers, see aging in a new way.

Course #27716 - YWC: You are What They Eat: Your Gut Bacteria and Their Interactions with your Diet

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yakimovich Wellness Centre (register early as registration will stop at 15 people registered)
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau

Session Description: An update on what scientists are learning about how gut bacterial interactions with your diet influences your health

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If you require any assistance with creating an account or registering with Learning Hub, contact Liz McCarter, Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca.

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